Showing posts from January, 2011


I love making connections when I lose myself in genealogy. Those little "Aha!" moments that connect me/my family with the distant past and brings it to a reality with us here and now. For me, it was discovering ol' Moses Hulbert living not so far from where I live now. I made another connection a few nights ago.

Not having a specific plan in mind, I decided to research for more records on my grandmother. In the last census available, she would've been nearly 5 years old, so I started in Indiana. A sad note, my grandmother's father was killed in a work related injury just before this time, leaving great-grandma a widow at only 23 years old with 3 small children. I wanted to know what made great-grandma decide to move to Indiana after the death of her husband.

I'd seen the 1930 census before, but had only looked at the name listing that interested me...BINGLE. This time as I looked it over, another name, right above great-granny Bingle, hit…

Sorry Grandma...but you're wrong!

I really don't like proving anyone wrong. Especially Grandma. But sometimes....SOMETIMES that woman can frustrate me, even more than my own children!

For example, when I began my genealogy, grandma - who was the family historian up to that point - told me that my great-grandpa had been born in Gallia Co., Ohio. Seeing that grandma had been doing this for decades, via "old-school" method (travelling and documenting on-site), I took her word on that little fact. Two years later, I found an actual vital record, his birth record, from the state of West Virginia showing where my great-grandfather was born in Huntington. I showed it to her, even made her a copy. Her comment? "Well I have record that says he was born in Ohio." {sigh} She's never shown me this record.

Last year at Christmastime, Grandma and I were comparing notes. Looking at my record for my 4th great-grandmother, so promptly exclaimed, "That wasn't her name! Her maiden name was…

SNGF: Ancestor Name List Roulette

SNGF = Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!

I don't usually participate in this one - but I'm here, it's Saturday night, and why not have a little fun? Randy Seaver and his Genea-Musings blog has posted his weekly SNGF mission...The Ancestor Name List Roulette.

1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
My only grandfather who is still alive is currently 84 years old. Dividing his age by 4, my "magic" roulette number is 21.

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?
#21 in my family tree is my Great-Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Abdon.

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
Since I don't have a …